Modes of delivery
ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is offered via two study methods including our full-time on-campus course based in Bentley, Western Australia as well as our online eLearning course. Our online eLearning course offers a more flexible approach to learning and can be studied practically anywhere in the world as long as you have access to a veterinary practice, an English speaking and writing workplace supervisor as well as a reliable internet connection. Learn more about our study modes here
Whether you choose to study online or on-campus all students are required to complete the compulsory 500 hours of workplace practical training. If you are based in Perth, Western Australia we will organise this for you. If you are not based in Perth, you will be required to secure a work placement location for your practical training. Learn more about work placements here
Your animal care career pathway
Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing is a natural progression pathway from ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies and ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Studies providing you with the vital skills to undertake and assist in clinical duties such as pathology, radiology and procedures relating to managing medical cases. Find out more about study outcomes here
The AVT Difference
Due to the intensive nature of this program, our students consistently enjoy a high graduation rate with very strong employment prospects. You will be recognised as a qualified and registered veterinary nurse in Australia.Here's just a handful of reasons why students choose AVT:-
- We organise work placements in reputable veterinary hospitals (for Perth, Western Australia WA based students)
- Our team members know our students by name not by number!
- We are a dedicated animal care college. No plumbing or hairdressing courses here!
- AVT is proud of the high graduation and employment rate of our students
- We are trusted and respected by industry - employers request our graduates
- Our course material is written by Veterinarians and Animal Scientists who are employed directly by AVT
- AVT is an independent animal care and veterinary nursing registered training organisation. We do not have third party arrangements with other training providers to acquire content or distribute qualifications. We take pride in developing and delivering our own course material.
At AVT, we combine a high standard of theoretical knowledge taught in our facility located in Bentley or available online and combine it with intensive practical training. This allows you to gain the competence and confidence required for an exciting and rewarding career in a variety of animal care careers.
Are you choosing a registered training organisation?
AVT is fully registered by the Australian Government training registration authority ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) and the qualification offered is the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. We are supported and endorsed by the Australian Veterinary Association. Our registration authority can be viewed on the training.gov.au website, which is the Australian Government’s website for details of registered courses and training providers – View our details here. We strongly recommend you search the training.gov.au website for any training organisation you maybe considering.
Important changes to the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualificationWe recommend reading this detailed information about the proposed changes from ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to ACM40417 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Read More>>
What subject units will I study?
All Certificate IV in Veterinary Nurse students are required to complete the following units during their course. These units are internal units of study and closely follow a national training program developed by veterinarians to provide a quality knowledge base for veterinary nurses.
This unit of competency covers the process of identifying mammals and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural and basic preventative health measures.
This unit of competency covers the process of identifying animals and interpreting their body language and behaviour in the context of an animal control and regulation environment during day-to-day activities.
This Unit of Competency covers the process required by an employee to contribute to workplace health and safety processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.
This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, presenting and distributing food and water for animals under supervision and according to workplace diet requirements.
This unit of competency covers the process of providing assistance to experienced staff in the capture, restraint and assessment of animals and the preparation, application and documentation of treatments.
This unit of competency covers the processes required to gather information on medications and services for animals and relate these to individual animal requirements and audience needs.
This Unit of Competency covers the process of preparing, cleaning and maintaining theatre and equipment as well as preparing personnel for the performance of surgical procedures.
Course Fees and Requirements
Entry RequirementsIn selecting students for our programs, our main consideration is your aptitude for working in this particular field. Although experience in an animal-related industry is favourable, it is not essential. In selecting students we consider three criteria:
1. Academic abilityWe look for evidence of your ability to study at the Certificate IV level. This may be based on your completion of school or other studies. We do not apply strict rules on what schooling you need to have completed and all students can present evidence of their ability to show equivalency to this level.
For students that do not have evidence of previous studies we may ask you to complete one of our own aptitude assessments that may allow you to demonstrate your ability. These assessments are designed to assess your language, literacy and numeracy skills. We may ask you to take some further background studies if we feel you need extra study experience.
2. Exposure to animal careWe are looking for students with a background involving animals. This may be from experience in farming, pets and other animal related activities. We particularly value exposure to veterinary practice in the form of work experience or employment. We strongly suggest that you gain some practical experience in a veterinary practice prior to joining us not so you are skilled before starting, but to give you a realistic expectation of the type of work that you will be doing.
3. Your suitability to Veterinary NursingWe are looking for students with the commitment and personality that would likely support working in the industry. A professional, mature, positive, hard working attitude with good interpersonal skills are what veterinary employers are looking for in a veterinary nurse. You will only be offered a place in our courses if we genuinely feel you have a good chance of gaining employment in the industry once you have gained your qualification.
If we are not able to offer you a place at the time of your application, we will advise you on the best plan for you to be considered at a later time.
The selection process will also take into consideration the quality of the application and how the prospective student performs during a formal interview.
Places are offered to supported e-Learning students based on the availability of a veterinary practice to support your training. If not already employed in a practice, you are required to locate a practice willing to support you. For prospective students we have a package we can send you which may assist you in finding a practice to support your studies.
Recognition of Prior LearningYou may already have significant animal care and veterinary nursing skills and experience. This is a valuable resource we recognise through our RPL program. Find out more information about our RPL program here
What are the course fees and what does it include?Our fees are fully inclusive and reflect the quality of the continuous tuition and support you receive throughout the program. Pricing and payment plan options depend on course delivery option chosen as shown below.
|Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing|
Max of 2 years studied at your own pace
Classroom and practical
Online theory plus practical work placement. Non-mandatory practical on-campus workshops
2 days on-campus, 2 days practical training per week
Not required. Student schedules practical training to suit, ideally 1 day per week
|AVT Pre-organised work placement (if not currently employed)||
|Work Practical Placement guide (to assist you in securing a work placement)|
|Learning guides (23 units)||
|One-on-one mentoring via phone, email, skype|
|Excursions and incursions||
|Assessments and certification (on successful completion)|
|Workplace practical insurance cover|
|Access to purpose built training facilities||
If attending workshop training sessions
|AVT vet nurse practical kit including:|
|High quality medical grade stethoscope|
|Nurses fob watch|
|Surgery attire and name badge|
|Flexible Payment Plan options|
$4,514 - $13,000 ^See important note below, subsidy and concession may apply.
$3,425 - $6,500 ^See important note below, subsidy and concession may apply
Important note ^The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is eligible for government subsidisation under the Jobs & Skills WA program for both our Full-time On-Campus and online study modes. The fee range shown above includes subsidised and full fee paying costs. All fees shown are subject to change at any given time. Subsidised places are limited and are subject to availability. The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees.
Please note that to be eligible for the subsidised fees students must:
- Be over the age of 18 years old in the year of enrolment
- Have primary residence in Western Australia
- Have a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier)
- Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or hold an approved temporary visa subclass
- Students not eligible for government subsidised fees will be subject to the full fee tuition cost of $13,000.
When can I apply?We have one full-time intake commencing in February each year. Applications for our online course are taken throughout the year and can be submitted at any time. Applications for the 2019 Full-time Campus based course will be open in August 2018.
Online learning applications are open year round
OutcomesOn successful completion you will be awarded the nationally recognised qualification, ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. You will receive a statement indicating completion of the individual units of study. You will also be invited to attend our graduation ceremony held in Perth in December every year where you will be formally presented with a certificate. At this ceremony, top achieving students are also recognised and receive both commendations and prizes.
Job OutcomesOn completion of your course the most common career path is directly into a Veterinary Nursing role in a veterinary practice. You could also find yourself working in a zoo, shelter, local council, laboratory, farm, office, or even on the road as a pharmaceutical or food company representative. Alternatively, you may choose to pursue higher level qualifications such as a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing or even a Bachelor of Science.
Here's just a few examples of the types of roles Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualified nurses find themselves in:-
- Veterinary nurse
- Veterinary surgical assistant
- Veterinary receptionist
- Practice manager
- Veterinary nurse in a specialist or emergency centre
- Representative for animal related pharmaceutical or nutrition companies
- Animal welfare officer
- Zoo veterinary assistant
- Vocational educator
Skills OutcomesSome of the skills you will be able to apply in practice once qualified include:-
- Nursing and monitoring patients
- Administering medication
- Surgical preparation and assistance
- Taking blood samples
- Monitoring anaesthesia
- Taking x-rays (radiography)
- Laboratory processing
- Dental procedures (scale and polish)
- Emergency and critical care nursing
- Nurse consultations providing behavioural advice, nutrition management, dental care, puppy school instruction, wound management and post operative care.
- Customer service and client education
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Online Learning Option – To determine if you are eligible for our funded intake, visit the Fees tab on this page.
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Applications for our 2019 On-Campus course will be open in August 2018. Online learning applications open all year round.